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Therapeutic Photography and Thriving in Autistic People

What’s this project about?

The current project aims to address the UN Research Roadmap Research Priority 2.3: How can environments be built, shaped and sustained in ways that allow all people to thrive? The current project goals are to inform how natural, built and social environments can maximize thriving in autistic young people post pandemic, and to identify how thriving can be improved on both physiological and psychological levels. By thriving, we mean positive emotions, thinking, and social experiences.

What does participation involve?

Participants will engage in four weeks of therapeutic photography, taking pictures of environments when they are experiencing positive and negative mental health states, and journalling/speaking about why they took those photos with our research team. They will also visit York University twice to complete questionnaires about their mental health, and to have their resting heart rate and breathing measured.

Who can be involved?

We are seeking autistic people ages 16-25 years to participate in this study. Support persons can provide assistance with participation, if needed.

What is the next step?

If you are interested in participating, please contact the researchers at York University (Dr. Jonathan Weiss, clinical lead) at 416-736-2100 Ext. 22987 or by email at _______.